Why Trump is encouraging the coronavirus lockdown protests

Why Trump is encouraging the coronavirus lockdown protests 1

 

Across the country, people have been protesting the stay-at-home orders due to coronavirus. And who seems to be encouraging this? President Trump via Twitter. Chris Cillizza explains how we went from social distancing to thousand-people protests.

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75 Comments on "Why Trump is encouraging the coronavirus lockdown protests"

  1. Hey, Chris here – what is the guidance in your state?

  2. And just like that, conservatives are pro-choice…….. imagine that.

  3. Just a few idiots trying to speak for millions. It’s patetic and without substance

  4. Patrick Henry | April 21, 2020 at 12:43 PM | Reply

    This will end up prolonging the need for these lockdowns.

    • Fitzpatrick Wooden | April 21, 2020 at 10:21 PM | Reply

      @iphil25 I really and truly can’t wait for you to get it.

    • Fitzpatrick Wooden | April 21, 2020 at 10:22 PM | Reply

      @Kathleen Norton Are you kidding me? Captain America fights for immigrants and the poor, and he punches Nazis. Doesn’t seem like a man that would like Trump.

    • Michel O'Connor | April 21, 2020 at 10:30 PM | Reply

      @The Great Owl not liking to see the unecesary death in your country, but I’m just sitting in my apartment here in Canada. I’m sickened by the right wing, spoiled, selfish trump lovers in your country. Good luck to you.

    • Kathleen Norton | April 21, 2020 at 10:32 PM | Reply

      @The Great Owl You’re not being completely realistic. There are some big businesses essentially to our economy. The middle class and lower class are dependent on much of the whole economy remaining operational.
      I have no doubt, though, that large amounts of money are being diverted to those it wasn’t intended to be given to. I have no doubt that large amounts of trillions will find it’s way into political movements and politician’s pockets.
      If you want to see who is most guilty, though, look into all the places and stipulations Pelosi was trying to get away with.
      She IS the major culprit. It was ready to pass, rather cleanly, through the house, until she came back and halted the whole pay out, not caring about people who needed it, to laden it with outlandish monetary and policy demands. For her it wasn’t anything but a vehicle to get all she could possibly get, that didn’t have a thing to do with this coronavirus crisis.

    • Jade Williams | April 21, 2020 at 10:35 PM | Reply

      @evony elf Covid-19 is WAY more contagious than the flu. If we all walked around and pretended like nothing was going on then our hospitals would have been too packed to even treat anyone – especially in highly populated areas. Also, it has a higher death rate than the regular flu.

  5. Xavier D Elizondo | April 21, 2020 at 12:44 PM | Reply

    let these people contract the Rona and let’s see if it’s a hoax then.

    • Luis Vazquez | April 21, 2020 at 9:29 PM | Reply

      jackie hunt well some people also enjoy being alive. Be considerate of people with underlying respiratory illnesses and people who have lost a loved one due to the virus

    • Xavier D Elizondo thank god they have a 99% survival rate according to the Stanford study results that just came out. I think they’re going to be ok

    • Jade Williams | April 21, 2020 at 10:40 PM | Reply

      @Eradicator No he definitely said that at his rally. Look it up on YouTube.

    • @orionh3000 so fucking stupid

    • @Isabela Diaz So if there are 1000 protestors, 10 of them will not be ok, according to your 99% theory. Got a link to that study?

  6. Trump sounds like he has never read a book in his life – Sam Harris

    • readin aint fer him he like TV. Nuttin wrong wit dat

    • @Ruben Lopez “Also, the Chinese communist party coronavirus is the cause of all of America’s current problems”
      like trump being president?

    • @Rory Cannon like How Trump strengthened the economy to a 30 year high and how about stopping terrorism in our country? Trump did what Obama could never do.
      If you don’t like our country then move to China where you never have to worry about politics, because your favorite candidate gets elected every time!

    • @martinz1540 “like How Trump strengthened the economy to a 30 year high
      he didnt.
      He replaced Obama’s strong economy and made it an economic bubble.
      He literally just took credit for obama’s economy.

      ” how about stopping terrorism in our country?”
      terrorism has actually gone UP in many areas under trump, dumbass”

      Obama did what trump could never do.

      Like make a good economy, instead of inheriting the strongest economy in years, only to mess it up.
      Like stopping terrorism
      Like fighting for human rights

  7. Funny he didn’t “liberate” tweet any RED STATES that have stay at home orders!

    • Joker Supporter | April 21, 2020 at 8:43 PM | Reply

      @Robert Ruffo LOL so I guess you find Biden whispering into the ears of young girls and sniffing their hair funny? Must be an RSO.

    • Joker Supporter | April 21, 2020 at 8:44 PM | Reply

      @Ian Burt Oh boo hoo they know what they sign up for when they’re going for jobs like these so why should I be sympathetic? Why should I be sympathetic to people working for a system designed to keep people sick for profit?

    • @Joker Supporter Troll

    • Arthur Kroulik | April 21, 2020 at 10:05 PM | Reply

      @Alec scott that is the most vague post I’ve ever seen. Intelligent? Like voting for rigged primaries? Enjoy voting for Joe Biden. Hillary 2.0

    • jennifer greene | April 21, 2020 at 10:25 PM | Reply

      Hey, Tina Alicia, Yes he did by tweeting “liberate Michigan”. I guess you forgot Michigan voted for Trump in 2016. By a narrow margin but we went RED!!! And as for the idiot on this video, whoever he is, this is why CNN has such shitty ratings. I’m from Michigan. We can’t buy freaking SEEDS or PAINT. Whitmer CLEARLY overstepped her boundaries and, yes, we are pissed.

  8. dixie chicken | April 21, 2020 at 1:25 PM | Reply

    Go ahead and give them work. Hire them to work in the hospitals, nursing homes, morgues, funeral homes, cemeteries, meat plants, oh ya and testing the people. Let’s
    see what they say then.

    • DDaddySnyder | April 21, 2020 at 7:41 PM | Reply

      @bub no offence buddy but you are encouraging stupidity just by the unfounded and stupid statement you just made lol…

    • I haven’t stopped working through this pandemic working on an ambulance saving lives on the front line of covid 19. I get rewarded with my hours getting cut now I can’t even work overtime cuz we have no patients at the hospital after everything non emergent has been cancelled. Even essential workers are becoming non essential cuz people aren’t dying like they said they would and hospitals are empty.

  9. Nonya Bizness | April 21, 2020 at 1:57 PM | Reply

    did you see the protestor sign “MY BODY MY CHOICE”? omg, breathtaking hypocracy.

    • Anybody that goes out before it’s time. Should be purged. Enough of stupid people.

    • Khaos Inoculation | April 21, 2020 at 9:23 PM | Reply

      @The Inquisitor IT IS! LMAO! You see how defect they are? LOL.. We have China out matched in the pacific sea right now(CNN’s masters) 🙂

    • Atlas Gaming | April 21, 2020 at 9:40 PM | Reply

      That person is an Anti-Vaxxer

    • Khaos Inoculation | April 21, 2020 at 9:45 PM | Reply

      @Atlas Gaming Natural immunity is far superior to artificial immunity. Vax are for diseases we can’t beat down easy. https://reason.com/2020/04/20/l-a-county-antibody-tests-suggest-the-fatality-rate-for-covid-19-is-much-lower-than-people-feared/

      You people need to spend less time playing videogames and more time researching. How are you people so far behind? Worthless eaters lol.. F your videogame industry.

    • @Khaos Inoculation When did I say Vaccines were better at protection than natural immunity? And yes natural is better but why do you bring that up? Also videogames are fucking amazing. Just because I play video games does not mean that I don’t do research. And who are you to judge what we find fun? I dont care what you said in the beginning because your half is correct and the other half can be debated. Im more angry that you trash what millions of people love and thing that we are Patrick Star just because we like playing games online. I dont get why you posted this comment other than to just trash on videogames, because thats all you communicated to me. “Vido gams bad, he he fuk vedo gamse”

  10. Proving once again, INDIVIDUALS can be smart-PEOPLE ARE GENERALLY PRETTY STUPID!

  11. Because Spanky wants the economy to swing upward in hopes of helping his re-election. Also don’t forget the pressure he’s no doubt received from industry giants crying about how they’re loosing billions yet CEO’s are still doing fine.

  12. Roberta Hubert | April 21, 2020 at 4:16 PM | Reply

    These people have lost their minds. Jack Nickelson in the Shinning

  13. 5:02 – The answer you clicked for!

    • danny boyyy they just don’t want Trump to win again so they going to ignore what the people want because we do not matter only their socialist government

  14. Bill Cashion | April 21, 2020 at 6:05 PM | Reply

    Okay, listen up: ya’ can’t cure stupid.

  15. Diego Rodriguez | April 21, 2020 at 6:08 PM | Reply

    Look, I’m not a scientist, or a person in the medical field. That means, I can’t do anything. I can’t help anyone that’s sick and I can’t work on a vaccine. What I can do is limit my interactions with the outside world.

    I hate this. I hate not being able to go out. I wanna go to work, to school, see my friends. But I stay at home because Right Now, that is the best thing I can do to help.

    • PasadenaSue it’s a brave new world after this and we need to re invent ourselves.

    • Kevin Smith , seriously, I don’t disagree with you. Your constitution enshrined your freedom. At one point, I would have been unhappy that you insist on opening up your country. However, right now, I don’t. If this is what you feel so strongly about, go do it. A question though can you do it without harming the person next to you? If you can, go out, enjoy yourself. If not, know that his or her death is on your tab. Why should anyone tell you to do any different? Only thing left is probably for ppl who stay safely in their home to see how many of those insisted on going outside drop dead.

    • Kevin Soler oh okay you’d rather have people die at faster rate from covid-19 good to know.

    • Luis Vazquez how fast are people dying from covid 19 cuz from what I see most people that have it don’t even know.

    • @George Petlowany lol

  16. Protect yourself people face masks are important *bazzoid.best*

    • Mask ,eye protection, gloves? Why can’t we reopen America if people who are concerned wear the same PPE hospital workers wear around confirmed cases? Oh cuz not everyone can’t get it lol… it’s ok to screw some out of a job but not screw some out of PPE 🙈 wtf is going on?

  17. leslie heyward | April 21, 2020 at 6:54 PM | Reply

    All of them need to hold a big rally, kiss and hug each other, …THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE..

  18. Willim Lewis | April 21, 2020 at 9:07 PM | Reply

    You want to die don’t take rest of us with you I’m staying home were it’s safe

  19. Atlas Gaming | April 21, 2020 at 9:49 PM | Reply

    When we have a Coronavirus Vaccine, these guys are gonna be the new generation of Anti-Vaxxers, hopefully the Coronavirus kills them during their protests and thins the genetic pool so these people cant breed

  20. That’s what we call natural selection

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